> > Alun's
> >example shows not just that people can live happily (I presume) without
> >accoutrements of 20th and 21st century society, but how hard it is for us
> >today to get a decent handle on how our ancestors lived, what motivated
> >them, what scared them...
> Even though there are no electricity and roads, the telephone
> and computer do provide a conduit to the world beyond Scoraig which
> people in earlier times did not have.
...and no wolves to fear, or dark woods, or armed raiders, or illnesses of
human or livestock for which there are few of any cures... The very reaction
to Alun's relative isolation just shows how very far we are from our
ancestors of 2000, 1500, 600 or even 200 years ago...
Adds a certain weight to Francine's recent comment on how little we can
understand the mindset and culture of our iron age ancestors...